Gathering at ALA


We are on: gather at 8pm Sunday 6/27 at the *end* of the Ariel Users Group meeting, located at Room 227 of the Ernest Morial Convention Center. We shall then proceed en masse to the RLG suite for the first ever live gathering of us types, replete with frosty beverages and a very special guest via teleconference. See you there!

Public Access Terminal Control (PATC)

Kevin writes in: "PATC (pat see) Public Access Terminal Control is now available at PATC is open source [and consists of a] VB client and perl/cgi server."

Avanti API for library systems


Peter Schlumpf writes in about Avanti, a java-based project aimed at generating an open source API for automation systems (java APIs are fairly easily bound to other languages..., no?). A description is up, and Peter promises sanitized code within a few days.

Prospero 1.03: 150+ downloads and counting...


Word from Eric S. at OSU is that Prospero has been downloaded more than 150 times by folks from more than 10 countries... v1.03 includes several bugfixes and a significant performance improvement. What are you waiting for? :)


as seen at freshmeat: "This release includes a new class for interactions with PubMed, POD documentation for the BioMail::Mails module, and a range of bug fixes and cosmetic changes." for more see the BioMail site...

Avanti 0.1.1 available


Peter says "new classes in version 0.1.1 are and" and a tar file is available at the Avanti site.

Tagged: is a Perl 5 module for reading, manipulating and writing MARC records. Once installed in your Perl library you will be able to use's functionality to read in individual records or batches of MARC records, extract data from particular fields, and convert the records into a variety of formats including HTML and XML. You can also use to create records from scratch--which might prove useful if you have have some delimited data that you would like to convert into a MARC record. Since it is a Perl Module, might prove also prove to be useful as a component of a larger application that uses MARC in some form.

Prospero-1.34: ALERT

Eric S. writes in: "Important: Versions prior to 1.33 contained in the file "" a potentially serious security threat. Malicious Web users could submit a modified document request to "" that could provide the Web user with the contents of important files or even provide them will local shell access if the script is running on a system that provides such access. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND updating to version 1.34 [available at:] Thanks also go to John C. for finding the hole and supplying the patch.

Avanti 0.1.3


Peter says: "Avanti version 0.1.3 has been released. This version allows the creation and management of multiple independent circulation systems, fixes a few bugs and includes improvements in the help command and code comments. Work is continuing on version 0.2 that will include an ARMS package. For more info. or to download the code go to

Prospero 1.24 available

several more bug fixes taken care of in the latest release available from the Prior Health Science Library at OSU. of note also is that "Through October 11 , 1999, about 200 different organizations from 17 countries have downloaded